Adventures with Google Glass
English PEN is partnering with Sotheby’s to auction off first-edition copies of notable books annotated by their authors (or, in two cases, their illustrators). What a cool idea! I wish this could be in a museum somewhere.
"I never completely understand a character until I know what kind of shoes they wear."
Wikipedia's Sexism Toward Female Novelists
Is this another manifestation of sexism in tech?
(The community of Wikipedia editors and contributors skews heavily male, just as in tech at large.)
Stories on the Boston Marathon Bombings
Here are a few posts that I’ve found insightful (and, yes, an entry from The Onion is among them):
Why are police scanners open to the public? at The Verge
It Wasn’t Sunil Tripathi: The Anatomy of a Misinformation Disaster at The Atlantic
How Reddit Became a Hub of the Crowdsourced Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation at Fast Company
Study: Majority Of Americans Not Informed Enough To Stereotype Chechens at The Onion
So I came across this company, Bohemian Guitars, that makes guitars from old oil cans. Apparently it’s inspired by the founders’ experience growing up in South Africa. Pretty cool stuff! I’d love to learn more about the South African music that inspired them.
Hip-hop, role models, and gender critique
Awesome post on hip-hop and gender by loveisthicker. Here’s an excerpt that got me thinking:
When I sit with young Black and Latino men in halfway homes, prisons, and high schools, I listen to them. I once critiqued one of my students for finding Lil Wayne to be his favorite rapper. I said, “But he’s not a very positive role model. He disrespects many women…” To which this young Black man began to express the relationship that felt he and Lil Wayne shared: to struggle, to defy all odds the system set for him to fail, and to financially attain a wealth that put him in the position to be heard. Though he could hear my frustration, he did not directly identify with it. I had to reach further. His conditioning as a young man was far more affected by the failing of a system than that of a Hip Hop artist. The artist was merely, a coping mechanism, a dream and a vision. This does not take responsibility away from the portrayals of artists but it also demands context in our critiques of artists.
If I am ever to reach these young men, how do I first, see where they are coming from? What is their story and how do they get to be who they are? What is invested in our lack of education? Have they ever been loved, truly? What is love to us and how does it differ? How do we hold our brothers accountable without demonizing them? As women, how do we hold ourselves accountable in our critiques of men?
"If you were to listen to today’s formats, especially in the hip-hop/pop category, every song sounds like the same song, like it’s all one big remix. Artists are picking the same producers, and they program songs in the same tempo, and a lot of times in the same key. It’s supposed to grab your attention, but it’s doing the total opposite."
Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, speaking about the trend of lengthened pop tracks in the Los Angeles Times
"While this seems like a strange but wonderfully symbiotic relationship that has developed between the two artists, the end product is the greatest Chappelle’s Show skit that never happened. The problem is that they’re not joking."
Rembert Browne, on Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist,” at Grantland